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  • Summary: This intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris (Gordon-Levitt), a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank when he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. If you enjoyed any of Frank's previous work, or thought "Brick" was the bomb, you'll love this.
  2. 83
    The Lookout's thriller elements could stand to be more surprising, but they're ultimately in service of a better understanding of the characters. Usually, it's the other way around.
  3. 80
    The Lookout is funny, tender and littered with elegantly written characters played by actors cast for goodness of fit rather than star wattage.
  4. Exactly the right length. That sounds like faint praise, but isn't it rare? Many movies drag past the points where they should stop; others end abruptly, leaving you to wonder at things unexplained or unconcluded.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A smart, engrossing thriller in which you care as much about the characters as the crime.
  6. 67
    The way Frank structures and directs this film, it's too predictably "unpredictable."
  7. 50
    Sleekly tooled but eminently forgettable thriller.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    A solidly shot, reasonably well-acted crime thriller, featuring some truly intriguing characters in play.
  2. Feb 12, 2014
    A Solid and at times exceptional film. The performances, particularly Jeff Daniels' as Levitt's constantly captivating blind friend, are all very good - accompanied by some unique and well-executed writing.
    While I totally enjoyed the film, small detractors include (without spoiling) certain plot elements that lack sufficient explanation or elaboration as well as characters with overly murky motives.
    Of course, intentionally withheld information or deliberately raised questions is often desirable - but it's hard to shake the feeling when such gaps in the story give off more of a sense of laziness rather than method or intention.
    Aside from this occasional lack of coherence, the film itself is quite worthwhile - providing a small-scale but captivating character-focused drama.

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